POTTSVILLE - Abigail Snitzer was locked down by opposing defenses for nearly six quarters in the past two games.
The Shenandoah Valley junior remained poised, waiting for the opportunity to score points to come to her.
Snitzer's defense provided her with that chance.
Playing in the Blue Devils' 1-3-1 zone, Snitzer jumped two passes into the high post in the third quarter and took turnovers to the other end for layups.
POTTSVILLE - Marian's press is used for multiple reasons.
Sure, it generates a lot of points off turnovers, but it does more than that.
It tires teams out. Fast.
In the 49-34 District 11 Class A semifinal victory Feb. 26 over Williams Valley at Martz Hall, the Fillies first deployed their full-court press at the start of the second quarter.
A 9-1 run ensued for Marian (23-2), which built a 24-7 lead with 4 minutes, 50 seconds remaining in the half.
NEW TRIPOLI - Pine Grove expended a lot of energy building a double-digit lead in an energetic first quarter Feb. 25 in its District 11 Class AA semifinal against Salisbury.
Defensively, the Falcons demanded the 19-time district champs use even more juice.
That draining effort eventually took its toll on a much younger and smaller Cardinal squad.
Salisbury shut down Pine Grove in the fourth quarter, settling in offensively as the Cardinal shots started to come up short late in the game. The late drought allowed the second-seeded Falcons to pull away for a 60-49 victory over No. 3 Pine Grove at Northwestern Lehigh.
WEST LAWN - The move doesn't have an official name.
It's kind of a cross between the completion of a Peterson roll and a reverse cradle, where the top man hooks his opponent's leg with one arm, his opponent's head with the other, then leans back and uses leverage to stack the foe's shoulders on the mat.
Hunter Harner doesn't care what it's called, the Tri-Valley junior's just pumped that he could execute that pinning combination to stick Bethlehem Catholic's Mason Angstadt in a third-place bout March 1 at the Southeast Regional Class AA Wrestling Tournament.
WEST LAWN - Though Tri-Valley's Sammy Hepler, North Schuylkill's Auston Hummel and Pine Grove's Ryan Martin lost in the finals of the Southeast Regional Class AA Wrestling Tournament, their seasons aren't over.
The silver lining is that not only do they advance to the PIAA Wrestling Championships on March 6-8 at the Giant Center in Hershey, but they also go in as regional runners-up. As such, they'll be positioned away from powerhouse regional champions in the first round. That includes the guys who defeated them March 1 at Wilson High School.